Davis Guggenheim- What happens when some can pay and others can’t?
Davis Guggenheim made copyright sound scary and complicated. And after the readings this week, yikes! As the readings this week suggest, copyright is both a good and a bad thing. I would not want someone to make money off of my work unfairly but at the same time, I would no mind sharing some things for the sake of art and definitely for educational purposes. It seems like there are so many loopholes to the law. But it is good to see that judges are starting to be fair and reasonable in judgments. Does Fox really need another $10,000 because of someone’s documentary on New York. I think that is a little greedy. It seems like there are so many variations on the rule that is could be hard to keep it all straight.
The short video Army of One was an interesting digital story in itself, as it told two stories with one image. Film is such a long, long process. I feel for this guy that he started his film in 2002 and he is still dealing with copyright stuff. As Guggenheim said, great things end up getting cut which is really too bad. Here is this filmmaker, making a piece of current importance and he is stuck in the bureaucracy of it all. Kind of takes the fun out of the art and research.
My story is not going to be copyright friendly, something I was aiming for. At least I can get the concept of it down and change out images later if I need to. The good news is if I make it big, a high school friend of mine is an entertainment lawyer out in LA. Maybe he will take pity on the little guy. I also have someone willing to right music for my films for free. It is all frustrating and I feel for the artists out there.